On Saturday, we went to the beach at Hunstanton, Norfolk. It was a nice day and the kids enjoyed playing on the sand. When we arrived, the beach was almost deserted apart from a few people sat on the steps leading down to the sand and a few others walking along the edge of the water.
As promised, here are some pictures from the maize maze last weekend.
This is the way in.. there are sunflowers all around the edge of the maze so if you can see them, you know you’re heading towards the edge of the maze. The maize itself is about 6-7ft high, and the sunflowers were generally just a little taller.
This weekend we went to visit my parents for a couple of days. It was Geordan’s birthday so we did something different and went to see the maize maze in Whitminster designed by Adrian Fisher.
It’s a great afternoon out for the kids and it takes about an hour and a half to go around it and find the 10 quiz markers so you can enter the competition. Pictures to follow soon.
We went to the Hen Races at Bonsall yesterday. Yes, it’s what it sounds like… they were racing hens!
This is what the track looked like. It was setup in the car park opposite The Barley Mow, Bonsall.
As promised (in the previous entry), here are the pictures from the 2005 Mac Expo. I didn’t take a huge number and some of them turned out a little blurred. I guess I needed that digital camera magazine subscription afterall!
We walked from the hotel down the river to the French Quarter in search of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville which is a restaurant that had been recommended to us. It also gave us a chance to see some of the other sights of the French Quarter. We saw the French Market, the Hard Rock Cafe and Jackson Square.
This is the view into Jackson Square over the railings, looking away from the river.
Last time we went to America, we visited Harrah’s in Shreveport, LA and there were people wandering round with huge cups full of coins from the machines. This was just a year and a bit ago. Harrah’s in New Orleans had similar machines but instead of dealing with coins, they accept $5 bills or greater and spit out a small barcoded ticket with the amount of your winnings (or remaining credit) on it. The ticket can then be redeemed at one of the machines around the edge of the room.
Texarkana to New Orleans is roughly a 420 mile journey which should take (according to mapquest.com) 7 and a half hours.
Lori and I left the kids with her family and did the journey on our own. Although quite a lot of the tourist attractions in New Orleans are the kind of thing that they’d like, the journey there is a bit much by car and hotel accommodation for all of us would have been quite expensive.
Mention “weather” and “Texas” in the same sentence and everyone seems to imagine hot scorching sun, not a cloud in the sky and high humidity, but it’s not at all like that. It’s more like the weather in the UK – when it’s cold and wet, it’s cold and wet, but when it’s sunny it’s really sunny. The only difference is that when it’s sunny it’s about twice the temperature of the UK and there are a lot more sunny days than cold and wet.